Be at least 16 years old (District residents may preregister to vote at age 16, but will not receive a voter registration card or be eligible to vote until they are at least 17 with a date of birth indicating that they will be 18 on or before the next general election)
Not have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
Not claim voting residence outside of the District of Columbia
No. Assuming you meet all other requirements to vote, you are eligible to vote unless there is a current and valid court order that indicates that a court has found you legally incompetent to vote. It is not up to an Election Worker to determine your competence to vote. Even if you have a guardian, you will still be allowed to vote as long as you are eligible.
Yes. The ADA Coordinator facilitates requests for reasonable accommodations, responds to complaints, and ensures that all eligible voters have equal access to the voting process. Voters can reach the Contact the ADA Coordinator at [email protected] or call (202) 727-5411 / 711 (TTY) for assistance.
The Board provides numerous voting options for voters who may need some form of assistance, such as senior citizens, people with disabilities, and people who are Non-English Proficient (NEP) or Limited English Proficient (LEP). You can learn more about these programs and services on the Accessible Voting and Language Access page.
No. If a voter does not wish to vote in person, they can use other options, such as Curbside Voting, using a Mail-in Ballot, or using an Accessible Remote Ballot. You can learn more about these services on the Accessible Voting and Language Access page.
The Board works collaboratively with government agencies and volunteers to ensure that Vote Center Locations are accessible. Should a voter find that any particular Vote Center location does not meet their specific needs, they are welcome to use any other Vote Center location in the District.
The Board can also provide reasonable accommodations (an adjustment made to the voting process to make it more accessible). Please contact the ADA Coordinator to request a reasonable accommodation at [email protected] or call (202) 727-5411 or via 711 (TTY).
Examples of reasonable accommodations that the Board can provide include:
Low-tech: Any accommodation that is technologically simple or unsophisticated, and readily available (e.g. printed material in large print, magnifying glass, or sound amplifier).
No-tech: An accommodation that does not require the use of any technology (e.g. American Sign Language Interpreter (ASL), extra time to vote, or seating).
Additionally, the Board provides other voting options for senior citizens and people with disabilities, including the ability to use Curbside Voting, a mail-in ballot, or the Accessible Remote Ballot (ARB) Marking System. More information about these voting options can be found on the Accessible Voting and Language Access page.
Yes. Service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In this case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
Yes. Feel free to bring a relative, friend, or neighbor to assist you, as long as they are not your employer, an election observer, or union representative. Voter Assistance Clerks will also be on hand to assist voters at all Early Vote Center and Election Day Vote Center locations.
Yes. The federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires any new voting equipment to allow voters the opportunity to change their choices privately and independently before their ballot is cast and counted.
Please ask to speak with the Site Coordinator immediately, and report the individual. While you are able to receive assistance from an Election Worker or a person of your choosing, no person or official providing voter assistance should in any way influence or attempt to influence your choice in voting. Any person who violates this rule is subject to a $10,000 fine or imprisonment up to five years, or both, pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 1-1001.14(a).
Possibly, depending on your specific disability. Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), moving to the front of the line, when necessary, could be considered a reasonable accommodation. If your disability prevents you from staying in line, let an Election Worker know, or ask to be seated while you wait your turn. If you choose to stay in line, an Election Worker cannot make you move to the front of the line due to your disability.
Yes. Residents of a nursing home, hospital, or other long-term care facility may vote in-person or via Absentee or mail-in ballot. Please contact your facility administrator or the Board if you have additional questions or concerns.
Yes. If you are unable to vote in-person at an Early Voting Center or on Election Day, you may vote using a mail-in ballot (sent to all registered voters ahead of the election), or, if needed, you may also request an Emergency Absentee or mail-in ballot, which are available starting on the sixth day leading up to an election. For more information, please contact the Board at (202) 727-2525 or [email protected].
American Sign Language Interpreters (ASL) available at designated polling sites
In-person and/or telephonic multilanguage interpreters available at all polling sites
Language access kits with translated voting information available at all polling sites
Multilanguage posters and directional signs
The D.C. Board of Election provides language access services for customers/voters who are limited or non-English proficient (LEP/NEP). Pursuant to the Language Access Act of 2004, we offer translated election related material in Amharic (አማርኛ), Chinese (中文), French (Français), Korean (한국어), Spanish (Español) and Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt). However, we also offer a full range of professional interpreting services via LanguageLine, including more than 9,000 highly trained interpreters who are fluent in over 240 languages and American Sign Language Interpreters (ASL) for constituents who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing.